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Friday Hearing Set on Claim of Prosecutor Wrongdoing in Senator’s Trial

Posted Feb 11, 2009 8:19 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The federal judge who oversaw the federal corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens has set a Friday hearing on a new trial request that is based on an FBI agent’s complaint of prosecutor wrongdoing.

The “stunning formal complaint” by FBI agent Chad Joy claims prosecutors tried to conceal evidence in the case and alleges another agent had an improper relationship with the government’s star witness, Bill Allen, the New York Times reports.

Joy claimed the agent usually wore pants but donned a skirt as "a present" for Allen on the day he took the stand. Joy also alleged that a prosecutor schemed to send a witness home after he did not perform well in a mock cross-examination; prosecutors contended they dismissed the witness, who later died, because he was gravely ill.

Joy also claimed prosecutors tried to hide a memorandum that was helpful to Stevens, who was convicted of lying on financial disclosure forms to hide gifts and renovations to his home. He lost a bid for re-election in November. Allen said in the memo that Stevens would have paid for the donated goods and services if he had been asked.

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